If you are looking for the perfect outdoor chair for your pool, campfire, fire pit, or cabin retreat, this inexpensive, easy-to-make 2×4 DIY Adirondack chair is for you!
It can be made easily in under 2 hours – with only 8 inexpensive 2 x 4 x 8 pieces of regular framing lumber! And it looks great stained, painted, or simply left natural.
Ever since creating our outdoor fire pit a few years back, (see: DIY Fire Pit Project) we have been searching for a durable chair solution. One that would stand up to the rigors of the harsh outdoor elements.
It seemed that at every bonfire, our flimsy patio chairs would end up with burn holes from sparks. And when strong storms blew in, the chairs would end up halfway across the yard, or smack in the middle of the fire pit.
Unfortunately, as we looked and looked, we couldn’t find a reasonably priced solution that fit the bill.
We knew wanted a traditional Adirondack look and feel. However, the sturdy ones we needed came with a hefty price tag of $200 or more.
Needing a total of 4 to place around the fire pit, we knew we would need to build our own.
We started with an old flimsy Adirondack chair as a guide. We loved the look of it, but it was built with thin 3/4″ wood. So, using that as a guide, we re-designed the chair using only s thick and durable 2×4’s.
I have to say, we couldn’t believe how strong and comfortable it turned out. And at a little under $35 a piece to make, they were a huge bargain!
It has certainly become one of our all-time favorite DIY projects at the farm. In fact, we liked them so much, we ended up creating four others for around the farm too. Here is a look at how we made them.
Creating A Homemade 2×4 DIY Adirondack Chair
For our project, we used treated lumber to give a little extra protection and durability. If you are planning to paint or stain, you could use untreated framing lumber to save even more.
We let ours weather for the summer, and are staining now to match the color of the house and barn.
We built our chairs using just a few simple tools – a jig saw, compound miter saw, tape measure and an impact screw driver. You could easily build the 2 x 4 DIY Adirondack chair with only a jig saw and an inexpensive miter square. Having said that, the compound miter made quick work of cutting the angles. We have said it before, but there is simply no better tool to own than an impact driver. It makes driving any screw or bolt effortless. I would be lost without mine! Porter Cable Impact Driver/Drill
For materials, we used only (8) treated 2 x 4 x 8’s. For assembling, it took about (60) 2 and 1/2″ exterior screws. There really is no need to glue together. The screws also make it easy to replace a single board later if ever needed.
We started with the (8) 2 x 4’s, and cut them down to the 24 individual pieces needed. Only 6 of the boards required an angle cut, and once that was complete, we started assembling.
Assembling the 2×4 DIY Adirondack Chairs
We began by building the two legs and base frame. Next, we attached the rest of the seat boards. We built the chair back as one long separate piece.
Then, once we had the base and the back complete, we slid the back inside the chair frame before screwing into the frame. That method allowed us to choose the angle of the back to our liking.
We finished by rounding off the top and the hand rest rails with the jig saw. By the fourth chair, we could build one in about 30 minutes.
For anyone wanting to build their own and looking for complete step by step instructions and material lists, we did put complete plans on our Etsy shop. (See : 2×4 DIY Adirondack Chair Plans)
I can honestly say that they are simply the most comfortable, durable chair we now have at the farm.
Happy Chair Building! – Jim and Mary
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